What are Best Practices and What They Aren't

Why Best Practices – Aren’t

My thesis is a simple one; Don't copy - create. Don't benchmark against others - benchmark against a unique and better version of you. Don't compete against how others do things, compete against your own thinking. More than 20 years ago I coined the…


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For CEOs Safe Decisions Aren't Always Safe

For CEOs, Safe Decisions Aren’t Always Safe

News Flash: safe decisions rarely are. The best chief executives possess the courage to not only seek out the right decision, but they also understand the importance of giving others permission to do the same. We need CEOs who want others to do…


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Speeding Change by Slowing Down

Speeding Change by Slowing Down

I have always believed that the fastest path to the future is found through the increasing velocity of change. I don’t believe I’ll get much push-back on that statement, but I’m rather certain I’ll encounter some resistance with my next one:…


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Thought Leadership - Piercing The Bubble

Thought Leadership – Piercing The Bubble

If you value your own opinion more than others do, you might be suffering from a common form of self-delusion. Referring to yourself as a thought leader makes you a tone-deaf narcissist; not necessarily a great thinker. For my part, I’m in the…


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This Word Unleashes Change & Innovation

This Word Unleashes Change & Innovation

Have you ever worked for a boss who always said no? If you have, my first guess is it was a frustrating experience. My second guess is you don't hold said boss in high regard as a leader. I've always been amazed at the number of well-known axioms…


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Digital Transformation or Digital Free Fall | What Every CEO Must Know

Digital Transformation Or Digital Free Fall: What Every CEO Must Know

Every organization occupies a unique place on the spectrum of digital transformation. Whether they have an accurate perception or understanding of what that means to their business is the bigger concern. Some see digital as little more than a…


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Why Corporations Have a Talent Problem

Why Corporations Have a Talent Problem

The reason most corporations are broken when it comes to talent acquisition is they are simply looking for the wrong things through the wrong lens. Their hiring models are built for the old economy. They are looking for conformity rather than a…


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Leadership Humor | Asset or Liability

Leadership Humor – Asset or Liability

As a leader it’s quite easy to get a laugh – your title will virtually guarantee it. Therefore it’s important for leaders to become skilled at distinguishing the difference between a compliant chuckle and a sincere chortle. Good humor can bring…


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The No. 1 Thing Holding You Back As A Leader

The No. 1 Thing Holding You Back As A Leader

Leadership isn’t nearly as complex as people make it out to be, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. The big difference between highly effective leaders and those just playing at leadership is often found in their willingness to do what doesn’t come…


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The No 1 Way to Spot Weak Leadership - N2Growth

The No. 1 Way To Spot Weak Leadership

You can spot a weak leader a mile off by simply looking at the types of decisions they make. Not surprisingly, weak leaders pander to public opinion, they manage the routine rather than the extraordinary, and they worry more about being right than…


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5 Ways to Stop Corporate Crazies From Destroying Culture

5 Ways To Stop Corporate Crazies From Destroying Culture

Like it or not, we are judged by the company we keep. Corporate cultures reflect the quality and character of their workforce, and leaders will ultimately be judged for the leadership and talent choices they make. A primary function of leadership is…


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The No. 1 Thing Successful Companies Scale

The No. 1 Thing Successful Companies Scale

I’ve often said, “if leadership doesn’t scale neither will your organization.” Experience has led me to conclude there is no greater contribution a leader can make to the enterprise than developing a true culture of leadership. Here’s the thing – a…


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The Leadership 'X' Factor That Can Fix Any Business

The Leadership ‘X’ Factor That Can Fix Any Business

Businesses don’t fail – products don’t fail – projects don’t fail – leaders fail. I have little use for leaders who can effortlessly call upon the right clichés and buzzwords in conversation, but fail to put into practice what they so frequently wax…


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The 1 Problem Every Leader Has But Isn't Aware Of

5 Dead Giveaways You’re Not A Credible Leader

Fact: Getting a leadership position is easier than keeping it. Keeping a position of leadership is about one thing, and one thing only; your credibility as a leader – your ability to lead well.  Leaders either have credibility or they don’t… Do……


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Marissa Mayer | a Case Study in Poor Leadership

Marissa Mayer: A Case Study In Poor Leadership

In March of 2013, I authored an article predicting the demise of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Here’s the thing – not every talented, successful executive is CEO ready; Mayer is a textbook example of this. It was obvious from the early days, at least to…


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5 Bad Leadership Habits To Leave Behind

5 Bad Leadership Habits To Leave Behind

News Flash – there is no perfect leader. But there’s also no arguing the fact that some leaders are much better than others. So, what’s the difference between those leaders whose career trajectory rockets upward with great velocity, and those whose…


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